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Have Pride, This Book is Anti-Racist and How to Build an Orchestra among the titles shortlisted for the SLA Information Book Award




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. The shortlist for the SLA Information Book Award has been announced.

Now in its 11th year, the IBA aims to emphasise the importance of non-fiction by highlighting and celebrating the high standard of children's information books.

The awards are divided into three age categories, judged by a panel of educators.

Children will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourites in each group, as well as their favourite overall, to determine four additional Children's Choice winners.

Discover the shortlisted books below and see sla.org.uk for more information.

Ages 0-7

Building a Home by Polly Faber and Klas Fahlen

Find out all about the people, machines, processes and tools involved in breathing new life into an old building.

Packed with builders, cranes, diggers, cement mixers and a host of other exciting tools and machinery, follow a crumbling old factory on the edge of town as it goes from being an empty shell to something entirely new - a home.

Building a Home by Polly Faber and Klas Fahlen (48514446)
Building a Home by Polly Faber and Klas Fahlen (48514446)

How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld and Elisa Paganelli

This wonderfully illustrated story follows a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra.

With accompanying CDs and downloadable music, follow the conductor on his journey and discover the beautiful music of an orchestra.

How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld and Elisa Paganelli (48514448)
How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld and Elisa Paganelli (48514448)

What Do Scientists Do All Day? by Jane Wilsher and Maggie Li

What do scientists do all day? Find out in this beautifully illustrated book that features more than 100 scientists at work.

Little ones can explore 14 different colourful scenes, turning the page after each to learn about eight special scientists you will find there.

What Do Scientists Do All Day? by Jane Wilsher and Maggie Li (48514450)
What Do Scientists Do All Day? by Jane Wilsher and Maggie Li (48514450)

Why Do Things Die? by Katie Daynes and Christine Pym

A beautiful and gentle look at the circle of life, using Christine Pym's gorgeous animal characters to explore the emotions and facts around death.

Questions include: Is it ok to talk about dying? What happens when someone dies? Can I shout and cry and hide away? How can I stop feeling sad?

Why Do Things Die? by Katie Daynes and Christine Pym (48514442)
Why Do Things Die? by Katie Daynes and Christine Pym (48514442)

Ages 8-12

Big Ideas for Young Thinkers by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins

This book teaches children to train their busy brains and think outside the box.

Get lost for hours exploring puzzling questions that have stumped thinkers for years and, more importantly, discover your truth by reading about a diverse range of thinkers.

Drawing on influences from ancient Greeks right up to modern-day American writers, philosophy is reimagined in this book.

Big Ideas for Young Thinkers by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins (48514436)
Big Ideas for Young Thinkers by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins (48514436)

How Many Mice Make an Elephant? by Tracey Turner and Aaron Cushley

This book introduces children to this tricky maths concept in a fun, relatable way.

Fantastically written by Tracey Turner, questions such as 'how many high jumps to the moon?' and 'how many ice cubes make an iceberg?' get children to think about just how high, how big and how far things are, as well as teaching them the maths to work it out.

The logic behind each comparison is explained in clear, simple steps for children to follow, helping them to reach the answer.

Beautiful illustrations by Aaron Cushley couldn't be further from a maths text book, making learning maths a truly fun experience.

How Many Mice Make an Elephant? by Tracey Turner and Aaron Cushley (48514444)
How Many Mice Make an Elephant? by Tracey Turner and Aaron Cushley (48514444)

I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell and Lauren Emel Baldo

In this biography anthology, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities from the past and the present.

From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them.

Challenge your preconceptions of disability and mental health with the eye-opening stories of these remarkable people.

I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell and Lauren Emel Baldo (48514432)
I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell and Lauren Emel Baldo (48514432)

Youthquake by Tom Adams and Sarah Walsh

A collection of inspiring stories about incredible young people who have shaped the world we live in. No one is too small to start a Youthquake!

This is the story of fearless activists, brilliant inventors, champion athletes, gifted creators and inspiring leaders.

It is the story of tremendous trailblazers who have influenced change with their passion, courage and determination, and whose inspirational actions and ground-breaking achievements have shaken the world.

Youthquake by Tom Adams and Sarah Walsh (48514426)
Youthquake by Tom Adams and Sarah Walsh (48514426)

Ages 13-16

Fake News by Tom Jackson and Christina Guitian

What is fake news? How can the news be wrong? How do we know if what we're reading is true or not?

The concept of fake news and the media as a whole is discussed as part of the What's the Issue series.

What's the Issue asks 'what's all the fuss about?' It reviews what is at stake when we think about fake news, with the aim of helping young people to understand this difficult subject and provide them with the tools to inform their own opinions on the issue.

Fake News by Tom Jackson and Christina Guitian (48514440)
Fake News by Tom Jackson and Christina Guitian (48514440)

Have Pride by Stella Caldwell and Sue Sanders

Whoever you are, have pride.

This inspirational history of the international LGBTQ+ movement will teach readers to accept and have pride in themselves and others, whatever their sexuality.

It details the struggles and successes of LGBTQ+ movements around the world, looking at decriminalisation, the Stonewall riots and their legacy, global Pride movements, the HIV/AIDS crisis and equal marriage.

It also includes profiles of significant LGBTQ+ figures from history and messages from young, modern-day members of the LGBTQ+ community, explaining why they have pride in themselves – and why you should too.

Have Pride by Stella Caldwell and Sue Sanders (48514591)
Have Pride by Stella Caldwell and Sue Sanders (48514591)

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it?

Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand (48514429)
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand (48514429)


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